Before our trip to New Zealand, Margaret sent us a photograph of Otahuna Lodge
in Christchurch. It showed a beautiful veranda facing a meadow with trees and a pond, and I was hoping we’d get to spend time in that exact spot. It turned out that was our private room. Because we were traveling off-peak, Margaret was able to upgrade us.
We heard the horror stories about cruising. Forced interaction with strangers. The conga lines. But then we discovered what Norwegian calls “Freestyle Cruising,” and we love it. It’s like an open, resort feel. You eat when you want, sit where you want, and there’s no pressure to join the herd. On Norwegian Epic, there’s so much to do – Cirque du Soleil, Second City improv – it’s like a small city at sea.
We work in the tech industry. We love gadgets. But there’s nothing like a handwritten journal for travel memories – it’s so much more personal than a file on your computer. And when you’re in China, where they block Facebook and Google, it’s the best place to be reflective.